By ALEX JACKSON
A Florida firm paid $4.5 million for Pier 7 Marina in Edgewater and plans to transform the property on the South River, which includes Coconut Joe’s, into a yacht club.
A & S Smith Development, which has ties to Annapolis and is the real estate division of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based The Catamaran Group, bought the marina in May.
While the property at 48 South River Road in Edgewater was not listed for sale, Glenn Sutton, who brokered the deal for PTR Sotheby’s International Realty, said A & S Smith Development put in an offer that was too good to refuse.
Pier Seven Limited Partnership, which according to state records has owned the property since 1977, could not be reached for comment.
But Laura Hershfeld, president of A & S Smith Development, said the company has already started improving the property, which includes a 15,000-square-foot marina, a house at its entrance, boat storage space, 200 boat slips, seven piers and Coconut Joe’s, a riverside restaurant that has operated there since 2009.
Hershfeld said Coconut Joe’s will continue to operate under its existing lease but will shift from having a nightclub atmosphere to being more of a “family restaurant.”
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